Pakistan’s anti-corruption court on Friday(13 July 2018) convicted ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif 68 and sentenced him to 10 years in prison
Sharif and his daughter, Maryam, was convicted after failing to prove a legal source of income for buying several luxury flats in the 1990s. Maryam was also convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison on Friday.
Following is the chronology of the major events leading to his arrest:-
April 4, 2016 – The leaked Panama Papers show involvement of Sharif’s family in offshore companies including two used to buy luxury homes in London.
5 April, 2016: Sharif sets up a judicial committee to investigate the allegations, denies charges.
26 April, 2016: Opposition parties reject the judicial commission set up by the government.
Nov. 2, 2016 – Supreme Court agrees to set up a judicial commission to probe corruption allegations against Sharif, stemming from Panama Papers leaks. Khan backs down from lockdown threat.
7 November, 2016: PML-N submits Qatari prince’s letter to the Supreme Court containing information about the London flats that were at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal.
6 January, 2017: Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz submits details of assets after the Supreme Court resumes hearing.
20 April, 2017: The Supreme Court orders formation of a joint investigation team with a split 3-2 verdict to probe the corruption charges against Sharif.
5 May, 2017: SC formally constitutes the joint investigation team.
22 May, 2017: The joint investigation team presents its first bi-weekly report to the Supreme Court.
24 May, 2017: The joint investigation team sends questionnaires to Sharif and his two sons – Hussain and Hassan.
13 June, 2017: The joint investigation team submits report to the Supreme Court on obstructions to its work, blames government institutions for “creating impediments in the collection of evidence”.
15 June, 2017: Sharif appears before the joint investigation team for questioning, becoming the first sitting Pakistan prime minister to appear before any investigating agency.
17 June, 2017: Sharif’s younger brother and chief minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif are questioned by joint investigation team.
5 July, 2017: Sharif’s daughter Maryam appears before joint investigation team.
7 July, 2017: Former Qatari premier Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani sends a letter to the joint investigation team, asking it to record his statement at his palace before submitting its final report to the Supreme Court.
10 July, 2017: The joint investigation team submits final report to the Supreme Court.
July 28, 2017 – Supreme Court declares Sharif disqualified from office for not declaring income from a company in United Arab Emirates, which was not in original Panama Papers revelations. The court also orders the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to open a criminal trial into ownership of the London flats along with several other Panama Papers revelations.
15 August, 2017: Sharif files three separate appeals in the Supreme Court to review its verdict in the Panama Papers case that resulted in his disqualification.
14 September, 2017: Sharif and his children summoned by an anti-graft court to appear before it on September 19 in two more corruption cases.
15 September, 2017: The Supreme Court dismisses the review petitions filed by Sharif, his children and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, challenging his disqualification in the Panama Papers scandal.
22 September, 2017: Pakistan’s anti-graft body freezes accounts and seizes properties of Sharif and his family.
26 September, 2017: Sharif for the first time appears before an accountability court to face the corruption charges filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau in the Panama Papers scandal.
3 October, 2017: Sharif re-elected as the president of Pakistan’s ruling PML-N party after Parliament passed a controversial bill, paving the way for the ousted prime minister’s return to politics.
9 October, 2017: Maryam Nawaz, Sharif’s daughter, son-in-law get bail in the Panama Papers case.
19 October, 2017: Pakistan anti-graft court indicts Sharif, his daughter, son-in law.
26 October, 2017: Pakistan court issues warrant for Sharif after he fails to appear.
2 November, 2017: Sharif returns home from UK to face trial.
15 November, 2017: Pakistan anti-graft court begins trial of Sharif, his family.
21 February, 2018: Pakistan Supreme Court disqualifies Sharif as PML-N chief.
13 April, 2018: Sharif barred from contesting elections for life after the Pakistan Supreme Court verdict.
6 July, 2018: Sharif sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment in the Avenfield properties case.
10 July, 2018: Pakistan puts Sharif and daughter on exit control list.
12 July, 2018: Pakistan anti-corruption court dismisses Sharif’s plea to transfer remaining two corruption cases.
12 July, 2018: Sharif and Maryam leave from London for Pakistan.
13 July, 2018: Sharif and Maryam arrested on their arrival in Lahore.
Source- NDTV, The Quint, News18
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